On October 18, 2014, in Parksley, VA, PETA stole Maya, a happy and healthy dog, from her porch while her family was out. They killed her that very day.
According to a spokesman for Maya’s family, PETA came to the trailer park where the family lives, where most of the residents are Spanish speaking with few resources. The PETA representatives befriended the residents. They got to know who lived where and who had dogs. In fact, they sat with the family on the same porch off which they later took Maya. Waiting until the family was away from the home, PETA employees backed their van up to the porch and threw biscuits to Maya, in an attempt to coax her off her property. But Maya refused to stay off the porch and ran back. Thinking that no one was around, one of the employees—who was later charged with larceny—went onto the property and took Maya.
When the family returned and found their beloved Maya missing, they searched around the neighborhood before checking the video on the surveillance camera. That is when they saw the PETA van on the film and recognized the woman who had come to their house on prior occasions to talk to them about Maya. They called PETA and asked for Maya’s return. According to a family spokesperson, PETA claimed it did not have the dog. When PETA was told that its employees had been filmed taking the dog, they hung up. Shortly afterward, a PETA attorney called and informed the family that Maya was dead. PETA had killed her. She may not be the only one. On the day PETA stole and killed Maya, other animals went missing as well. Had a surveillance video not been available, the killing of Maya would have remained unknown, as are the fates of some of the other animals. But an investigation by the Virginia Department of Agriculture (VDACS) found that Maya wasn’t the only animal who lived in the trailer park killed that day. Also killed were two four month old kittens, a six month old puppy, a one-year-old lab-mix, and another Chihuahua.
- A Virginia Senator calls for an investigation of PETA: http://bit.ly/1uAn44m
- The Richmond SPCA calls for an investigation of PETA: http://bit.ly/1sxijIO
- The Accomack County attorney calls for an investigation of PETA: http://delmarvane.ws/1JXDKOj
- The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies calls for an investigation of PETA: http://bit.ly/1ygmbFq
- The No Kill Advocacy Center asks the State Veterinarian to revoke PETA’s status as a shelter: http://bit.ly/1zxqE5o
- A call to pass Maya’s Law: http://bit.ly/1zJoHDb
- Family sues over killing of Maya: http://goo.gl/0Nfl7Z
Lawsuit update: PETA tells the Court that Maya was worthless and therefore they can’t be financially liable to the family, that, at best, the dog had no value beyond the cost of replacement for another dog, they had permission by the property owner to remove community cats so they cannot be guilty of trespass for entering and killing a dog, and the family is not entitled to punitive damages because PETA’s theft and immediate killing of a happy, healthy, beloved dog is not “outrageous” conduct. Moreover, in an argument reeking with racial overtones, they asked the court to find out if the Spanish speaking person whose dog they stole and killed is legally in the U.S. As I noted when news of the theft and murder of Maya was first reported over a year ago, “Some have suggested that PETA targeted the trailer park [for rounding up and killing people’s animals] because of the language barrier, the questionable immigration status, and the fear of government officials that pervades the tenants. In other words, PETA officials thought they could get away with it”: nathanwinograd.com/?p=16879
March 2017 update: Affidavit submitted to court by former employee details how PETA lies to acquire animals to kill, steals pets from homes, kills highly adoptable animals such as puppies and kittens without ever trying to find them homes, and kills feral cats using cruel methods: nathanwinograd.com/?p=17272
August 2017 update: A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit against PETA for the theft and illegal killing of a family’s dog. PETA will pay the family $49,000. A settlement was predicted because PETA lost in its bid to prevent discovery of their inner workings since the lawsuit alleged “that PETA operates under a broad policy of euthanizing animals, including healthy ones, because it ‘considers pet ownership to be a form of involuntary bondage.’”: https://goo.gl/u4DsXR
After spending hundreds of thousands of donor funds for a team of lawyers to fight discovery requests, including depositions (interviews under oath) of key players in the Community Animal Project — PETA’s killing arm — and losing, PETA decided to throw even more donor money to avoid exposure of their criminal conduct in this case and their overall campaign of companion animal and community cat extermination.
R.I.P. sweet Maya.